Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 7/22/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (-152) Cleveland (+120)
Josh Fleming and the Tampa Bay Rays (56-39, 2nd in AL East) head to Progressive Field on Thursday where they'll take on the Cleveland Indians (47-45, 2nd in AL Central). The Rays open this matchup at -152 while the Indians are coming in at +120. The over/under is set at 9. The pitchers expected to start will be Josh Fleming and Cal Quantrill.
The Rays have accounted for 166 two-baggers as a squad and have smacked 115 balls out of the stadium. Tampa Bay has a slugging % of .396 and have struck out 962 times, while being walked on 357 occasions. As a squad, the Tampa Bay Rays are notching 4.9 runs per game, which ranks them 7th in the league. They have recorded 441 runs batted in as well as 739 base knocks for the year, while their average at the plate is at .230. They have earned 464 runs and have an on-base percentage of .315.
The Rays are sitting with a team ERA of 3.59 on the season (7th in the league), and they have rung up 899 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.43 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.15. Rays pitchers have allowed 106 long balls and also 384 total runs (10th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 262 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.71 as a unit so far this year.
The Rays have sent 307 relievers to the hill for the year. The relief pitchers have inherited 97 base runners for the season and 32.0% of them ended up crossing the plate. They have accumulated 26 saves over the course of the season and have missed out on 11 out of their 37 save chances. The Rays bullpen have compiled a save rate of 70.3% and has come into the game in 95 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 56 holds over the course of the season (7th in MLB). Rays bullpen pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 79 times in addition to having 119 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rays have converted 70.7% of balls hit into play into outs in their 7,695 innings, which ranks them 6th in MLB. The Tampa Bay Rays have earned a total of 2,565 putouts this season, in addition to 837 assists and 50 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .986 which is 7th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 609 double plays.
Fleming has taken the hill for 105 innings and has accumulated 68 strikeouts in his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.58 (42 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.088. He has given up 90 base hits (7.7 hits per 9 innings) and has 25 walks. Fleming (12-5 career win-loss record) has a FIP of 4.41 while he has faced 427 opposing batters in the major leagues.
The Indians have a SLG% of .397 and they are scoring 4.30 runs per contest (17th in MLB). They have 132 two-baggers, while walking 258 times and putting up 396 runs. Cleveland has compiled 114 long balls over the course of the season as well as 377 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 783 occasions (24th in baseball) and have earned a total of 689 base knocks. The Cleveland Indians have compiled an on-base percentage of .298 in addition to a batting average of .230 on the year.
The Cleveland pitching staff have surrendered 417 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.43 (391 earned runs relinquished). They have given up 120 home runs and they relinquish 4.73 runs per 9 innings (17th in the league). The Indians have a team WHIP of 1.307 and have a FIP of 4.32 as a pitching staff over the course of the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.65 (859 strikeouts against 324 walks). They come in at 10th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 714.
Sitting with 78 save situations, the Indians have earned 43 holds and also 9 blown saves. Cleveland has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 33 save opportunities and they have tallied 24 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 91 times in high leverage situations in addition to 81 occasions with runners on. Cleveland relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 32.8% out of their 116 inherited runners. They rank 3rd in baseball holding a save percentage of 72.7%, and they have dispatched 305 relief pitchers to the mound this year.
In their 7,146 innings on the field, the Indians have a efficiency on defense of 69.5% (17th in professional baseball). The Cleveland Indians have twisted 75 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .985 (8th in the majors). The Indians have recorded 785 assists, 47 errors and have a tally of 2,382 putouts over the course of the season.
Quantrill (10-10 career mark) has a 4.33 earned run average while conceding 9.2 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.90 and he has faced 868 batters in his MLB career. He has conceded a total of 97 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.309 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.3. So far in his career, Quantrill has surrendered 206 base hits while he has earned 168 punch outs in 201 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (+120)
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